Machine 2 Machine

Machine to Machine (M2M) communications are poised to be the one of the main growth areas for Operators during the next years. According to different researches, growth rates will be in the area of 25% annually (conservative estimation) for at least the next decade. With far more machines than humans, it’s easy to see the potential for this segment. While mobile penetration rates already surpass 100% in many countries, most machines are not communicated with any external system. However, by now including SIM based modems, companies are now given the possibility to remotely manage through bi-directional communication the well function of all sorts of machines.
The importance of the Machine to Machine segment is not only represented by the huge growth potential. It is very important to note a significant highlight – M2M contracts are much more likely to last longer than the average subscriber telecom contract. For Operators it may be good news that machines will not be inclined to churn away often, but it will also mean that the life cycle of the card (and machine modem) will last much longer. This will un-doubly mean that both elements will need to be serviced in various occasions through the cards/ modem life span.
Some examples of markets bound for M2M growth include the following industries:


Automotive : The car industry is definitely a huge area of growth for M2M applications. An example can be illustrated with the following: the European Union has recommended that by 2015, all cards sold in Europe should have direct call emergency systems installed. Many other countries have similar plans or are already implementing comparable projects.

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Transportation: Fleet and Asset Management have become a classical example of M2M development. However, machine too machine needs now exceed the ability to manage intelligent transportation systems. With trans-border traffic on the rise, there is a real need for roaming management to ensure that international data traffic goes through the appropriate networks.

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M2M at Home: The necessity to keep household appliances connected (Smart Homes) is on the rise. However, well function of appliances and integrated home entertainment systems needs now extend to other uses, such as tracking devices for pets.


Healthcare: From patient monitoring to remote health controlling, M2M promises to increase efficiencies in the healthcare system.


Infrastructure: Not just a question of increasing security and controlling vandalism- Machine to Machine is now being used in buildings and especially in infrastructure to monitor safety of the infrastructure as well as normal maintenance duties.

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Utilities: Mass deployment of M2M services started years ago in the utilities arena. In a sense, M2M has transformed the process of energy production, distribution and consumption through complete and effective monitoring and management control. Everything from Smart grid technologies, water and electricity meters, windmill & solar power management, and a long etc are now a daily part of standard M2M services.


Security: For good or bad, surveillance videos have become part of cities, supermarkets, households etc, etc. The need for instant fixing or knowing when a product is trying to be tampered is now essential.


At Prodo Telecom we offer Operators the possibility to Over The Air OTA) provide SIM life-cycle management to their M2M customers. Through our OTA Platform, Operators will not only be able to fix many issues in cards, but also dynamically control machines which are not fixed to a specific location. Due to the dynamic nature of Prodo’s platform integration can be completed through the Operators existing business units, specialised M2M units or through the integration of selected M2M enablers.


Past M2M Experience
Prodo Telecom’s M2M adventure started back in 2007 with a partnership between an Operator and a Danish utilities company for the management of SIM enabled utility meters in remote and inaccessible locations. Since then, we have been embarked in various machine to machine projects; including issue corrections in SIM enabled fleet management devices to OTA administration of M2M profiles for roaming.